Washington: Norwegian Settlements

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The first Norwegian settler to cross the Puget Sound was Zakarias Martin Taftzon (died 1901). He was a shoemaker and had roots from the Northern parts of Norway.  After arriving in America he married a Native American woman and had two sons.


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1889 Washington Posten was created, later changed to Western Viking. The largest Norwegian newspaper in America today.


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